Giants look for answers at third base

The San Francisco Giants' charter flight was delayed a few minutes on the Tarmac at San Francisco International Airport on Friday morning because President Barack Obama was all set to take off on Air Force One.

Perhaps Giants manager Bruce Bochy consulted a few of Obama’s national security advisers when deciding on a third baseman for tonight’s Game 6.

Mike Fontenot did not distinguish himself on defense in the first two games of the National League Championship Series, and Pablo Sandoval’s inability to find the bag cost the Giants in Thursday’s Game 5 loss. Sandoval committed a throwing error, too; he has struggled to make accurate throws on the run all season.

Will Bochy look to make a change and tighten up a loose left side?

After landing in Philadelphia, the manager said he made up his mind on a lineup but declined to reveal it. The implication, though, was that Juan Uribe would move to third base, and Edgar Renteria would start at shortstop.

“Our last lineup, that’s pretty much the lineup that’s gotten us here,” Bochy said. “But there’s a couple options there at short and third. We know it. That’s what we’ve been talking about.”


The New York Mets have narrowed their search for a new general manager to longtime baseball executive Sandy Alderson and former Arizona GM Josh Byrnes.

Byrnes will meet with Mets owner Fred Wilpon, team president Saul Katz and chief operating office Jeff Wilpon on Monday, while Alderson will get his second chance to impress them when he interviews for the second time on Tuesday.

The team is searching for a replacement for Omar Minaya, who was fired along with manager Jerry Manuel earlier this month after the Mets and their $133 million payroll finished 79-83 and 18 games behind the rival Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East.

New York hasn’t been to the playoffs since reaching the 2006 National League Championship Series.